Thursday, February 02, 2017

Pope decides on less transparency during ad limina limits.

Since this year, Pope Francis has been undertaking free discussions behind closed doors during the regular visits of the Bishops' conferences from the global church. As Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke confirmed on Tuesday at the request of "Kathpress", there will in future be no written speeches by the Pope on the ad limina visits of the bishops. In the speeches, Francis had discussed the situation of the Catholic Church in the countries. He often did not read the written speeches, but only handed them over and instead engaged in discussions. The Vatican subsequently published the written texts.

"Pope Francis simply prefers a more tangible tone when he speaks with the bishops," Burke explained the renouncement of manuscripts of talks and the publication of content regarding the meetings of the Vatican press office. According to Burke, "there is no need to suspect a political motive behind any change."